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Pathologic V Imprint For Mutation To New Species


Mike from North Queensland

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Mike from North Queensland

Just starting to get back to sorting through some matrix and I found an interesting pathologic echinorhinus australis tooth. Looking at it, there are more similarities to some of the more modern echinorhinus species having multiple tips on the crown, as apposed to the single tip that the species it derived from has. The tooth in question is in no way a transitional fossil between species as the time scale is too vast in that the photographed tooth is Albian in age and in all honesty is a one off deformed tooth. That aside how many specimens are out there with greater resemblance to a more modern species than they actually are and in this case how many echinorhinus species can we find that look closer to the tooth in question than the E. australis that both photos are of. For those who are not expert shark tooth specialists, the tooth on the left is a normal specimen and the one on the right is pathologic

Mike D

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Interesting. One might speculate whether a seeming pathology might not have some aberrant genetic coding behind it, and whether it might be re-expressed through generations and spread among the population if it offered a survival advantage.

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